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Sam Murphy Running Retreats

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Sam Murphy Running Retreats

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Name:Sam Murphy Running Retreats
Phone:07817 687241

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Sam Murphy’s running retreats strive to strike the perfect balance between work, rest and play. You can expect a mix of leisurely scenic runs and more targeted coached sessions alongside mini workshops on running form, practical nutrition, strength and conditioning and recovery. There’s also one-to-one time – including running form analysis - to ensure you go home with a personalised plan that will help you continue to improve.

The holidays are open to runners of all levels and experience (you need to be able to run 10K comfortably, however slowly, unless it’s a beginner-specific retreat). You will be treated as an individual, supported and challenged appropriately so that you end each day feeling inspired and pleasantly fatigued, rather than frustrated or exhausted!

It goes without saying that you can also expect delicious, nutritious food (and plenty of it!), fantastic accommodation and great company. All venues are hand-picked for their location and facilities.

Sam has led week-long camps in the French Alps and training weekends in North Devon – but now you can also join her on her home turf in beautiful Rye, East Sussex, where there’s ancient woodland, rolling countryside and sandy beaches to explore.

Sam also offers a range of Coaching Services including 1:1 Bespoke Coaching, Custom Training Plans and Running Form Assessment.

Accommodation: This will vary according to the location and the demands of the camp. Please see Training Camp details to find out more.


  • A lifelong runner and qualified coach, Jeff has a talent for identifying what is stopping a runner achieving their goals and adjusting their training regime accordingly. He can help on all aspects of running, mental and physical, to ensure you are race-ready. Jeff has an impressive running CV, having won many races, including the Beachy Head Marathon and Wendover Woods 50-mile race, and clocking a sub-2.30 marathon PB.
  • A qualified coach and well-known running expert and author, Sam has worked with everyone from beginners just setting out on their running journey to those striving to break three hours in the marathon, qualify for Good for Age places or take on their first ultra – and everything in between! She has a special interest in running form and has helped many runners learn to run better, reducing injuries and improving performance.
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    Reviewed by John
    On 01-Jan-2019 21:0:37

    Comments:  I had a great time in the Alps and North Devon with Sam and Jeff. I was so impressed with their coaching (and credentials) that I hired Jeff as my personal coach. It's going brilliantly well, I have now won my age group 10 times in a row and set 2 records.
    Reviewed by Chris
    On 16-Oct-2018 08:1:55

    Comments:  I recently went on the Running Forever retreat in Camber Sands. Even though I am quite an experienced runner I was able to get so much out of the weekend, learning lots about strengthening and stretching (which I have definitely always been a slacker on) as well as lots more about the running side of things. There was no shortage of runs around the very scenic local countryside and beaches. Overall it was a super weekend of total running, relaxation and great hospitality. A big thanks to Sam, Jeff and Fiona.
    Reviewed by John
    On 16-Oct-2018 08:1:14

    Comments:  Highly recommended. A friendly, very personable and well qualified team. They have vast experience and expertise in all aspects of running and associated fitness including dealing with injuries. I have hugely benefitted from the coaching, advice, training plans and attention to detail. Most importantly, time was taken to tailor and optimise for me, this is no cut and paste set up, each individual is demonstrably important. They go the extra mile.
    Reviewed by Richard
    On 16-Oct-2018 08:1:05

    Comments:  I had been running for almost six years and my times were not getting any worse but not any better either. I had followed training plans off the internet and they were useful but somehow they didn’t feel they were working. I decided that if I really wanted to take my training seriously, I needed a coach. Having approached and spoken to a few I chose Sam. Not being local to me and unable to actually meet up seemed it might be a drawback but it wasn’t. After a long initial exploratory session on the phone my 14 week half marathon training plan emerged and was updated every week based on our emails, telephone conversations and sharing my Garmin data. I guess the proof of the pudding is in the eating and after my 14 week programme I ran the fastest half marathon for five years coming one minute within my personal best. Working with Sam took my training to a whole new level. She worked with me to design a schedule for running & rest days that fitted in with my other commitments whilst at the same time giving me some discipline and structure. Many of the workouts were completely new to me and so much better than what I'd been doing on my own. Best of all it was tailored to me and not someone else. She's great to work with - very knowledgeable about all things running & nutrition, plus very quick to respond to questions.
    Reviewed by Alice
    On 16-Oct-2018 08:1:25

    Comments:  I recently travelled from the West Coast of Scotland to take part in a weekend running retreat with Running Forever. We were looked after from the minute we were picked up from the train station on Friday afternoon to the minute we were dropped off on Monday morning. The weekend was full of structured training runs and workshops on nutrition, recovery and a one-to-one session which helped me to fine-tune my marathon training plan. We ate the most delicious, nutritious and plentiful food, and were able to really focus on our own personal goals. I have come away re-energised, and can’t thank Sam and Jeff enough for sharing their knowledge and experience, and I look forward to joining them on another training retreat in the future. Definitely worth the journey from Scotland to East Sussex!
    Reviewed by Abby
    On 16-Oct-2018 08:1:41

    Comments:  I recently joined one of Running Forever’s retreats in Rye and had the best weekend! The weekend was hosted by Sam and Jeff, 2 fantastic runners and coaches, along with their friend and fellow runner Fiona who provided the delicious food we ate. I was nervous the weekend could be too serious/intense but in reality the balance was perfect. I enjoyed every session (including a 1-1 coaching) and learnt loads to take away with me from technique, to strengthening, to how to build a good plan. On top of the great coaching and sessions the food was delicious and nutritious! We were so well taken care of and left feeling id work hard but also enjoyed a little luxury too! Can’t recommend enough
    Reviewed by Dave
    On 09-Aug-2018 08:1:22

    Comments:  I would totally recommend the beginners’ course to anyone. It builds your fitness up bit by bit, in a way you don’t notice. Six months on, I’m running three times a week – not because I want to run fast or do marathons, purely because I want to be able to run at a moderate pace for an hour. My wife and daughter are both itching to do the course now!
    Reviewed by Anne
    On 09-Aug-2018 08:1:32

    Comments:  I had mixed feelings about the beginners’ group, not least because I was afraid that, being one of the oldest (I’m in my mid-fifties), I would not be able to keep up. However, within very few weeks the coaches had managed to develop a team spirit and I began to look forward to the physical challenge, the social contact and laughter. I am astonished by how far and how fast I can now go without expiring.
    Reviewed by Hilary
    On 09-Aug-2018 08:1:54

    Comments:  When I signed up to the beginners’ course I was a complete novice with no running experience whatsoever. It gave me the confidence to start running regularly, helped by really knowledgeable and encouraging trainers. Rye Runners is a really inclusive and welcoming community, I would recommend it to runners of all abilities.
    Reviewed by Lesley
    On 09-Aug-2018 08:1:22

    Comments:  Having not run since my schooldays and never having been particularly keen on PE I was very nervous joining the group. At the first session I was made to feel at ease, which quickly dispelled any fears I had. The coaches were amazing – so supportive, positive and fun to be with. Each week my fitness improved and surprising myself, I started to enjoy the sessions. Not only did my fitness improve, but so did my self-belief that I could actually achieve much more than I ever dreamed I could
    Reviewed by Carli
    On 04-Apr-2018 11:1:46

    Comments:  I really enjoyed yesterday - I've just been telling a friend how amazing it was
    Reviewed by Bev
    On 04-Apr-2018 11:1:13

    Comments:  You've changed the way I look at my training - the mix of activities and the swapping of ideas was great
    Reviewed by Adam
    On 04-Apr-2018 11:1:39

    Comments:  'I just wanted thank you again personally for a fantastic day, I am really looking forward to running this evening and working on my technique.'
    Reviewed by John
    On 04-Apr-2018 11:1:58

    Comments:  Thanks for a most rewarding day yesterday. What I learnt about form was priceless. You can be sure I will be practising the drills until correct form becomes second nature